Fredericksburg Parent

December 2014

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12 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • December 2014 W ith Christmas right around the corner and full and thankful hearts after Thanksgiving, it's a great time to show your kids how even a little contribution can make a big difference. Participating and funding a cause that interests your child helps them to appreciate their own lifestyle and the world around them. Start with everyday activities. CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. My eldest son gave an extra blanket with a similar texture to his favorite baby blanket to his younger brother on his own accord. They both like to do things for me without being asked like taking their dishes to the sink or throwing out their trash. We've also recently cleaned up the playroom and they gave gently-used toys/books to an orphanage in the Philippines. VOLUNTEER AS A FAMILY. Children naturally mimic their parent's actions. If you show charity, your children are more likely to get involved, too. I volunteered at my church before having children so it was natural to have them come with me when they were babies and now that they are older they want to come and help on their own volition. BY NIKKI DUCAS Helping Children and Choose Charities to Fund Helping Children Helping Children RESEARCH

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